Mohn – The discoverer of the Vogelherd cave
An essential part of the Archaeopark Vogelherd is the circular trail. There is a lot to discover and to learn about the ice age. You will find answers and ideas on your way. Sounds, smells, traces and solutions of ice age animals – test your knowledge.
Hermann Mohn, a local researcher from Heidenheim, made a coincidental discovery on a Sunday in May 1931. He followed the trail of a badger when he discovered the Vogelherd cave, which at that time was not yet visible above ground.
In the ejection of the badger building, he found Stone Age tools that the badger had dug from the ground to the surface. Hermann Mohn then informed the historian Gustav Riek (from Tübingen) about his discovery. Riek decided to conduct research in the Lonetal valley and began field work on the Vogelherd in July 1931. After he was encouraged by some small finds in his project, the excavations on the Vogelherd began in the same year.
The ‘Vogelherd horse’, found by Gustav Riek during his excavation work, is known in archaeological circles as a masterpiece of the Vogelherd. The Vogelherd cave became world-famous due to many other finds of mammoth ivory figures, which, at an estimated age of around 40,000 years, are among the oldest works of art in human history.
The sculpture path
The Vogelherd cave is one of the richest sites for ice age art in the Swabian Jura. These figures, usually only a few centimeters in size, testify to their unique creative power. Thirteen of these figures are displayed on the sculpture path, enlarged, in the immediate vicinity of the site.